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. the pentagon later i quit the request to stop the march first defense cuts from becoming reality, but senate and house republicans have altogether different view. fox news chief legal correspondent has our report. >> republicans made a pair of big statements today. the house g.o.p. today passed a measure: the president dismissed to congress by april 1 a budget that balances in 10 years. increasingly frustrated that the solution to decades of deficit spending is more taxation. >> the president doesn't believe we have a spending problem. he believes spending causes economic growth. if that were true, the economy today would be thriving. it isn't thriving. washington has to deal with its spending problem. i watched him kick the can down the road, i have had enough of it. >> a day after they dismissed the suggestion to again postpone tens of billions of dollars of mandatory spending cuts and other departments blooming under what is sequestration the defense secretary renewed his dire warnings. >> my greatest concern today is that we are putting our national security at risk by lurching from bud
on congress to take action to avoid those massive cuts to pentagon spending known as the sequester which kick in march 1st. if march can't pass a big bill, they ought to pass a small bill to delay the sequester for a few more months. house republicans led by john boehner immediately said no way. here we go again. the party of no opposing anything obama wants. we will tell you about that. also tell you the latest on drones and a lot more here on the full court press. but first, let's get the latest. lisa ferguson is here. well, she is not here. she is in los angeles with today's current news update. hi, lisa. good morning. >> close enough. los angeles, d.c. good morning, everyone. the president is in annapolis today after 10:00 this morning and atends the conference at the western annapolis hotel. vice president biden is swearing in john kerry as secretary at state from the state department and then later this evening, he is speaking at the house democratic issues conference in leesberg virginia. he will lay out a renewed plan for combatting climate change
. the confirmation vote fort next defense secretary was held up until the current pentagon chief agreed to answer questions about last september's terrorist attack in libya. today a senate panel got to question leon panetta, national security correspondent jennifer griffin tells us not everyone was satisfied with what they heard. >> based on time, distance and alertouldn't have gotten there on time. >> time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, it takes hours to be able to respond. >> defense secretary leon panetta and joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey explained why the military couldn't do more to save the lives of ambassador chris stevens, sean smith, tyrone woods and glenn dougherty in benghazi on september 11. >> united states military, as i've said, is not and frankly should not be a 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world. >> republican senators weren't satisfied. >> did you know how long the attack was going to last, secretary panetta? >> no idea. >> well, it could have lasted for two days. any airplane lau
budget are causing changes in the military operation. the pentagon says it will reduce the naval presence sense in the persian gulf. the uss harry trumman to head to the gulf has been canceled. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the automatic cuts, pentagon workers could face additional cuts. >>> vice president joe biden choked up after speaking about the recent tragedy at sandy hook. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> biden may have been made an emotional appeal to house democrats last night, urging them to support the oh bam in administration's gun control agenda as the vice president recounted specific examples of 1600 gun related deaths that december day to remind his audience as their obligation as lawmakers to act and on the political consequences of backing controversial gun legislation, biden argued, i promise you, times have changed. >>> this morning, the los angeles times is reporting that heads will roll at th
auditorium. >> still ahead, iran releases video of a downed u.s. drone and what the pentagon is saying about the video. >> boeing 787 dreamliner makes the first test flight since being grounded. >> new this morning, iran claims they have decoded footage from a downed u.s. drone. take a look. a man identified as a member of iran's military narrated the black and white footage on iran state tv. the pentagon has not commented on the video. iran said they took down the drone in december of 2011 in northeast iran. at time u.s. officials admitted the drone was missing. president obama asked iran to return it. >> president obama says the new pick for the c.i.a. chief will face a lot of questions for the drone warm. john brennan will testify in half an hour. he is expected to be grilled about strikes targeting terrorists overseas. >> boeing 787 dreamliner has safely landed in washington in the first test flight since the fleet was grounded around the world. the jet flew from texas with a skeletal crew and landed in the past hour at boeing facility in washington state. the flight is happening as a fe
that next paycheck may be smaller is not going over well among the troops. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the details. she's working the story. barbara, what's going on? >> wolf, in this town, there's nothing that causes more anxiety in budget politics than the concept of cutting the pay for the troops. but that is exactly what is on the table if congress and the president cannot reach an agreement on a spending plan. the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary leon panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defense employees on the job. >> we will furlough as many as 800,000 d.o.d. civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you don't think that's going to impact on our economy? >> but the recommendation to slow the military pay raise will put troops in the middle of t
's oil flows. lawmakers have until march the 1st to cut $500 billion from the pentagon's budget over the next decade. if they don't automatic cuts kick. in with that dangling overhead the military has had its hands tied they tell us. jennifer pentagon -- griffin is at the pentagon tonight. i know they want more money. >> that's right. it is significant in terms of the message that it sends to iran right now in a very tense time in the middle east. but it is and it is the first concrete sign that the budget uncertainty is going to have a real impact on national security. at a time when tensions are are high with iran over its nuclear program and negotiations might be coming soon, the u.s. had had a policy of having two aircraft carriers over the golf for the past two years. the uss eisenhower will deploy later this month. but it will go alone we're told to replace the uss. according to george little said facing budget uncertainty continuing budget resolution and across the board sequestration cuts made this request to the secretary and he approved. secretary of defense approved to rev
. it is for these reasons that i believe he is the wrong person to lead the pentagon at this perilous and consequential time. thank you, mr. chairman. >> thank you very much, senator inhofe. we have two former chairmen of this committee with us to introduce senator hagel. no senator has had two dearer friends or better mentor is i have hadtors than with senators nunn and warner. i want to welcome them back to this committee. i don't have to tell them that they are among dear, dear friends. it is a real treat to welcome you back to the committee. i will call on you, senator nunn, first. i will call you alphabetically. i have no better way to do it. sam? [laughter] sam, welcome back. >> first, for the record, seniority and age are two different things. senator levin, ranking member inhofe, i am honored to join my friend john warner in presenting chuck hagel to the committee and recommending that chuck be confirmed as our secretary of defense. i think it is worth noting that 68 years ago this month, john warner and listed in the u.s. -- enlisted in the u.s. navy to fight in world war ii. that was the start of
and women in uniform today as the pentagon threats pay cuts and deployments on hold, automatic cuts to the defense budget. and for america, he joins us now on the question of whether our troops are going to pay a price for washington's failure to make tough decisions. hi, pete. >> how are you doing, alisyn. >> alisyn: as you know, leon panetta is suggesting just 1% pay raise for our men and women in uniform that won't keep up with the cost of living there, what they'll have to pay going ahead next year. what do you think that would do for military families? >> well, it is a defacto pay cut and i think the military families are looking at the other side and also recently announced the civilian work force, they're unfreezing pay freezes that have happened for nonmerit paid government positions outside of the military so they're seeing salaries go up outside of the military and their salaries going down and you know what they say and i see, we see one gigantic political cop-out. that's what the sequestration debate has turned into. the president refuses to lead, no one will talk detail
. officials say the pentagon is likely to allow same sex partners access to the on base commissary and other subsidized stores as well as some health and welfare programs. it is doubtful the pentagon could offer medical, dental and housing allowances. benefits require the repeal of the toefs of marriage act, the law which defense marriage as a union between a man and a woman. despite lifting the ban on overly gay and lesbian troops, the pentagon still cannot recognize those marriages. >>> still ahead at 6:00, investigative reporter jenna goes undercover to expose a broken system in the restaurant inspection reports you've never seen. >> and can you save your marriage in a matter of minutes? the simple task that might be the key. >>> and good evening. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. we did manage some sunshine by this afternoon. but tomorrow it is going to stay cool. numbers in the mid-50s. we do want to update you two more aftershocks from the 8.0 pacific earthquake. there is no west coast tsunami warnings. we'll be keeping a close eye on it. more coming up. >>> smoking
defended the pentagon's response to the attack in benghazi that left chris stevenson and three others dead. there just wasn't enough time to get attack aircraft to the scene. >>> today, president obama will speak at a farewell dinner for panetta. he will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. a band student and honor opportunity who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. >>> wall street is bracing for a blizzard. keep an eye on linkedin today. the professional social media network shot up 10%. thanks to earnings that dealer doubled. >>> boeing stocks go higher. federal investigators have given the green light to testing of the dreamliner. >>> we'll see how apple fared day after. david iron horn called the company out for the bailout of cash. apple said it's consider the proposal of shares. they could build a stack of dollar bills. 9,000 miles high. they could foot the c
men caught on camera monday smashing a display case inside the zales jewelry store in pentagon city stealing 27 diamond rings. >> i had seen that and when i looked up at my desk and i saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing i thought. they're here, same ones. >> reporter: frederick police say they're looking into that possibility. >> we're in communication with arlington pd. we're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up and if they do, we'll work it cooperatively. >> reporter: in both cases it appears the bandits used a hammer to break open the display cases. in today's caper the hammer was dropped and left behind, their victims left to deal with the effects of being pepper sprayed, but they're all okay physically. >> after today's heist police say the hooded men got away in derek colored suv or truck. it was a red -- a dark colored suv or truck. it was a red sedan that was seen leaving the scene in pentagon city. >>> police believe this woman robbed two banks in a matter of minutes yesterday in northwest d.c. one rob
not been made on which benefits would be included. pentagon is likely to aallow the partners to have access to some programs. the pentagon repealed a ban on openly gay service men and women 16 months ago stit of florida's python challenge seems to beç&ój paying dividen. the commission says 50 nonnative pythons have been captured during the first three weeks of the competition. officials organized this contevt to raise awareness about the snake's threat to wildlife. about 1500 participants joined the hunt, it ends next week. the person corralling the longest python wins $1500. and those are large. >> coming up, baby boomers living longer than parents but are they living longer. >> and a teenager's attitude gets her in trouble. you're not going to believe what she said to a judge, twice. >> and i'm still taking your questions on twitter and facebook. you can contact me right now and on twitter i'll answer yes your questions here live later. >> i'm spencer christian from our camera in san francisco looking towards sutro tower clouds near the coast and showers coming into our direction. i'll
as sequestration take effect at the beginning of march. the pentagon has to reduce spending by $46 billion in the remaining seven months of fiscal year 2013. >> if these cuts happen there will be a serious disruption in defense programs and a sharp decline in our military readiness. >> reporter: this army document says three-fourths of its combat brigades will have to delay their training for several months resulting in a failure to meet demands of the national military strategy by the end of this year. afraid it will have to take $18 billion out of its own budget the army has already stopped maintenance of 1,300 vehicles and 17,000 weapons. according to this document the air force would cut its overhauls of aircraft by one-third, with the result that some planes would have to be grounded. flying hours for air force pilots would be cut by 18%. >> it puts at risk our fundamental mission of protecting the american people. >> reporter: combat operations in afghanistan would not be affected by the cuts but the pull-out of $20 billion worth of equipment could be delaye
smart spending reforms to the pentagon, which we all know is the largest federal agency and loses billions of dollars every year through waste, fraud and abuse. many of my colleagues recognize that no serious plan to address the deficit can go forward without significant pentagon cuts on the table. it targets $278 billion in wasteful pentagon spending and re-invests those dollars in our teachers, our rhodes and our future. -- roads and our future. these cuts will undermine our national security. only the wasteful, excessive and bloated spending is targeted. i'm especially pleased to see that this bill includes enforcement language that will audit the pentagon. these measures would increase transparency and accountability with the pentagon budget and get us on a fair and balanced road to fiscal sustainability. oftentimes, my colleagues don't really realize that the pentagon has not been audited and cannot be audited and we need an audit and we are calling for an audit of the pentagon. i'm going to re-introduce my bipartisan bill as a separate stand-alone effort to keep wasteful spe
years, the pentagon said it can't afford to keep two aircraft carriers in the persian gulf. the u.s.s. truman would have left today from norfolk, virginia. defense secretary leon panetta blamed the cut back on is he quest ration saying if congress can't rewrite the law, things get worse. >> instead of being a first-rate power in the world, we turn into a second-rate power. that would be the result of sequester. >> you won't find this chairman arguing we need to do more with less. you'll find me arguing if that happens, we need to do less with less. >> russia will surpass u.s. defense spending in terms of overall percent of gdp in just two years. china is slated to overtake the u.s. in 2035. >> we've seen double digit increase s in chinese defense spending for more than 15 years now, and that really should not only give pause to the united states but it really should be a source of concern for the countries in the region as well. >> reporter: two years ago, then defense secretary robert gates brow beat nato allies to spent two percent of their gdp on defense. when france wanted to
strikes targeting americans who work with al qaeda overseas. >>> the pentagon is reducing the number of aircraft carriers in the persian gulf to one from two. the defense department made that announcement yesterday as deep automatic spending cuts loom for defense and domestic programs here. those cuts will kick in at the beginning of next month. and unless congress agrees to an alternate budget plan before then. defense secretary leon panetta says severe military cuts would harm the nation's security and the economy. >> we will furlough as many as 800,000 department of defense civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you don't think that's going to impact or economy? >> some economists estimated a march 1 sequestration could result in up to a million people losing their jobs. >>> today some house democrats are set to unveil their plans to curb gun violence. the 15 proposals are said to be similar to those proposed by the obama administration, including background checks on all gun purchases and bans
the feds would have to furlough hundreds of thousands of workers. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon tonight. how bad do officials say this will be for the military. >> in if you listen to the military, really bad. >> instead of a first rate power in the world second rated power that would be the result of sequester. >> you won't hear this chairman arguing we need to do more with less. if that happens we need to do less with less. >> the real problem is as the u.s. and allies. adversaries are doing opposite. russia will surpass defense spending in just two years. china is slated to overtake the u.s. in 2035, shepard. >> shepard: jennifer, analysts are saying that the u.s. defense budget is still larger than the next 13 countries combined. how in the world could this make us a second rate power? if is six times larger than china's official defense spending. >> you have seen double digit a increases in chinese defense spending for more than 15 years now. that should not only give pause to the united states but it really should be a source of concern for the countries in the region as w
, the pentagon is announcing a paolicy shift fr service members and their partners. expand some benefits to same-sex partners of military personnel. new perks like issuing military i.d. cards and granting access to various spots on bases or posts are said to be included. however, it remains doubtful that medical, dental and housing allowances offered under the new proposal. an extension of those benefits would require the repeal of the 1996 defense of marriage act. >>> all right, now, for a look at weather. do we want a trough or nor'easter? depending on what side of the country you're on. >> weakest-type storm and areas in the northeast, you can get a big winter storm. anyone has any flight plans or travel across the country on friday, they want to reconsider, especially in new england. that's, again, 48 hours away. the storm coming into the west, a good deal of energy and a lot of storm system into the west here associated and link up with the storm that's going to move into new england. so, it has a little bit of a kick to it. numerous showers out here, high pressure should be a sunny morning
to testify about the pentagon's response to the attack on ought consulate. he said the u.s. didn't have enough time to respond. he says it's not like you can pick up the phone and call 911. mike emanuel is on the hill. set the stage for us on this hearing. >> reporter: it's designed to address the concerns of south carolina senator lindsey graham who threatened to hold up the confirmation for chuck hagel, his successor. so what did the president know about the benghazi attack september 11, when did he know about it and what did he do about it? sources i talked to say panetta and others are carrying out the orders of the commander-in-chief. so what were they and how were they handled. expect fireworks. rick: later on this afternoon the president's nominee the head of the cia takes center stage. >> reporter: expect john brenner to get plenty of questions about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques during this time at cia. he left there in 2005. at the white house they are emphasizing brennan's experience. >> mr. brennan brings, i think, not on a vast amount of experience, but a sig
committee outgoing defense secretary leon panetta strongly defended the pentagon's response to the september 11 attack in benghazi that left chris stevenson and three others dead. panetta told lawmakers there just wasn't enough time to get attack aircraft to the scene. >>> today, president obama will speak at a farewell dinner for panetta. who will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. an honor a student and band majorette who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. no arrests have been made. >> now to our big story of the day, that potentially historic blizzard bearing down on the northeast. if jim cantore shows up in your town it's bad news. jim is live in boston this morning. jim, how bad will it be? >> reporter: going to be bad. i brought a yardstick with me. we're starting with nothing. nothing on the ground pap few patches. we're ready to measure this thing. a high
're less than a month away from massive layoffs and cuts in spending at the pentagon and elsewhere. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning. they call this the sequester and both signs long predicted it could harm the economy if the cuts are allowed to kick in. instead of working together to do something about it they resorted to the blame game a month before the deadline. republicans may be the party of spending cuts but on monday house speaker john boehner insisted the looming sequester was the president's idea. >> the president first proposed this sequester in 2011 and insisted that it be part of the debt limit agreement. >> reporter: unless congress acts the package of cuts worth $1.2 trillion will start to kick in march 1st, taking a $55 billion bite out of this year's defense budget and $27 billion from domestic discretionary spending. according to the congressional budget office more than 1 million jobs are at risk. defense secretary leon panetta had this warning. >> we are going to weaken the united states and make it much more difficult t
in pentagon city. >>> a manhunt is under way across southern california for a former los angeles police officer suspected of shooting several officers overnight. he's also a suspect in a double murder that happened earlier this week. edward lawrence has the latest information from riverside, california. >> reporter: police officers in nine southern california counties are on high alert. they consider themselves possible targets of a former los angeles police officer suspected in two overnight shootings. one police officer was shot and killed in riverside an hour east of los angeles while another was seriously injured. >> our officers were stopped at an intersection at a red light when they were ambushed. >> reporter: investigators say the suspect is former lapd officer and navy reservist christopher dorner who posted an online manifesto threatening police officials and their families. investigators have been out here all morning collecting evidence, even at the crime scene. police are here with their rifles at the ready. police say dorner also shot at to officers in the city of corona t
decision has been made on which benefits will be included. but the pentagon is likely to allow same-sex partners to have access to health and wellness programs. the change would come 16 months after the pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service members. >>> there was a bit of drama today on capitol hill during a hearing on immigration reform. protesters stood in the back of the hearing room and you just heard them there shouting undocumented and unafraid. capital police then led them outside. lawmakers then debated strengthening border security and whether to offer citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the u.s. but some members warned against rushing legislation without fixing the problem. >>> the representatives of san jose is a member of the committee that met today. as jaquelin fell reported, he has been leading secret meetings on immigration reform. this is a story you will see only on 2. >> reporter: san jose congresswoman lofgrin has plenty to say publicly about immigration. >> it's a mess from top to bottom. >> reporter: but ktvu has learned she's leadin
decision hasn't been made on which benefits would be included but the pentagon likely to allow same sex partner to have access to the open base commissary and other pill tear subsidized stores and health and welfare programs. pentagon rehe peeled the ban on openly gay service 16 months ago. >> now to a secret document stirring up so much controvers controversy. confidential justice department memo concludes that the government can order the killing of miles per hour citizen if his they are working with terrorists. the story tonight from abc news reporter jonathan karl. >> one count president obama has already used unmanned cia croan to strike more than 300 suspected terrorists targets. even more than his predecessor. but today we learn just how much authority the administration believes it has to kill without trial or evidence suspected terrorists. even american citizens. newly disclosed justice department document says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if quote an informed high level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. document says it quote does not
sitting ducks out there, nine counties. palm, stand by for a moment. barbara starr at the pentagon also has some remarkable information about this suspect's past in the military. barbara, this man knows how to use a rifle. he's been awarded for his marksmanship. >> reporter: that's right. the u.s. navy quickly assembling what records it has on this man. and telling us he was a navy reservist. just until a few days ago, he separated from the naval service. we don't know when the last time is he showed up. but he has shooting expertise. let's go through it. according to navy records, he has been awarded the rifle marksman ribbon and the pistol expert medal. these are awarded for achieving a certain level of shooting accuracy at various distances. let's be clear. the plan is not a navy commander, he's not a navy s.e.a.l. he held a number of jobs as a reservist in navy security operations. in fact, he went to iraq, we are told, and had a job providing military security on iraqi oil platforms, to have that job, it is most likely we are told he did receive some advanced weapons training. you
in syria. the plan was directed by david petraeus and backed by pentagon leaders and secretary of state hillary clinton. the white house had doubts which rebels could be trusted with the arms. those details came to light during a senate hearing on libya and republicans had some tough questions for panetta, who revealed he and president obama spoke once during the eight-hour benghazi attack that left four americans dead and explained why the pentagon didn't send any war planes. >> reporter: the reason planes were not launched the attack came in two waves in two different locations and after the first wave ended after about an hour and a half they all thought it was over plus he said there wasn't enough actionable intelligence on the ground to act. >> you can't just willy-nilly send f-16s there and blow the hell out of a place without knowing what's taking place. >> reporter: under questioning by republicans secretary panetta and the joint chiefs of staff martin dempsey say they were aware in the months before attack u.s. ambassador chris stevens was worried about s
at the pentagon station will be closed. the agency is replacing escalators there and it will had stay closed into the fall. when finished, they will be similar to the one as the dupont circle station. the north entrance will stay open during construction. >>> new this morning, new information about the bus crash that killed eight people and injured more than a dozen others in southern california. the bus was carrying a tour group from tijuana, mexico. when the bus driver reported brake problems in the big bear resort area. police say the bus rear ended a sedan and hit a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer. 38 people were taken to the hospital ziefrnl the tearjerkers beat out the big laughs. which super bowl commercials rated the highest? >> an ice cold start to your week and next chance for snow is hours away. weather and traffic on the 1s ahead. >>> next, the simple task that's the subject of an out of this world viral >>> how do you wash your hands with soap and water in space. >> good question. how do astronauts wash their hands in space. >> chris hat field gave us -- he washes his ha
officials say the pentagon will extend some benefits to same sex spouses. the defense department is expected to allow same sex partners access to things like housing privileges and recreational activities. the allowances would likely not cover health care benefits. a date for an official announcement on that policy change has not been set. this comes about 16 months after the pentagon lifted its ban on gays in the military. eun? >>> the infamous blackout at this year's super bowl may have surprised you, but not the nfl. the steps the nfl had taken to avoid such a problem. >>> also ahead, why one popular type of beverage may be a bad mix for you when you make a cocktail. >>> a dramatic rescue after a camera catches two teens falling through the ice. >>> 5:06 right now. no icy conditions as you step out the door. that could be changing. the winter weather on (vo) they were married for... 53 years. she was his everything. he can't live alone anymore. but we don't have the room. so, we talked to suntrust... looked at our options... remodeled... for family, you make it work. he taught me that. (a
on capitol hill right now on the a hearing for the benghazi terror attack where he addressed the pentagon's response to the assault on our consulate on september 11th. four americans, including our ambassador to libya, died in that attack. this comes just a day after mr. panetta emotionally charged parting speech to students at georgetown university where he blasted the massive defense cuts known as the sequester, set to go into effect just weeks from now. >> if sequester happens, let me tell you some of the results. we will furlough as many as 800,000 dod civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you don't think that will impact on our economy? you don't think that's going to impact on jobs? you don't think that's going to impact on our ability to recover from the recession? jon: mr. panetta also deliver ad stark warning about the scale and scope of cyber attacks on this country saying they could cripple the united states. >> we are literally the target of thousands of cyber attacks every day. every day. thousands of sigher about attacks t
effective leader at the pentagon. john brennan is somebody i worked with the at the director of cia and continued to work with in this capacity. i found him to be responsible about how we can effectively conduct operations again al qaeda and against those that would attack this country. he is -- as somebody said, a straight shooter. somebody who, you know, gives you his best opinion, he doesn't play games. he is somebody who i think, you know, can honestly represent the best protection in this country in that job. >> thank you very much. i want to thank you for your forthright comments today about the sequester. ironically, as i take some notes what you said and in the statement. it appears as of today the greatest threat to american national security is the united states congress. thank you, mr. secretary. thank you, senator. senator nelson. after senator nelson, the first round will be over. there may be a number of us that want a few minutes on the second round. you have been here for about three hours and you may need a fife or ten minute break. do you want that immediately foll
talk shows and defended the man nominated to succeed him at the pentagon. panetta suggested the tough questioning senator hagel faced during third's capitol hill hearing, was driven by politics. >> it is pretty obvious the political knives were out for chuck hagel. what disappointed me is that they talked a lot about past quotes but what about when a secretary of defense is confronting today? we did not see enough time spent on discussing those issues. in the end that is what counted. >> he says hagel should have been questions about issues like afghanistan, the middle east, and the looming budget cuts at the pentagon but he came underfire for past statements of israel, iran, and u.s. nuclear strategy. at least 12 republicans plan to vote against hagel while only two, so far, have said they would vote for him. that is congress ran of mississippi, and a senator from nebraska. observers on both sides thought hagel did not do such a great job at the hearing. >> disconcerting thing, obviously fox anyone that watched it, he seemed unimpressive and unprepared on the questions that he knew w
in atlanta. and we will hear about the suspect's military background from barbara starr at the pentagon. paul, to you first. bring us up to speed on the hunts for this ex-cop, his former colleagues describing him as armed and extremely dangerous. >> reporter: that's right, michael. and in fact in his manifesto, he says i have a barrett 50, meaning a semiautomatic sniper rifle. behind me you can see officers are on high alert. not far from here in riverside, california early this morning, dorner is suspected of fatally killing one officer and critically injuring another one, as they were on patrol here in riverside. and then earlier in the morning, in corona, california, some lapd officers, who were assigned to security detail of an officer, who was mentioned in the manifesto and was off duty, these two officers were driving in corona, getting off a freeway, when they believe that dorner opened fire on them. one of those officers suffered from a grazing wound to the forehead. so in all, three separate shooting incidents involving people here. dorner apparently having an ex--military record. wh
the pentagon. and really ambiguity on israel, too. is that possible that's why he was picked? >> well, actually, i think even more revealing when he said it doesn't matter what i think, i'm not in a policy role. in other words, obama has chosen a stooge who has no independent thoughts, who is not going to be in the way, who is simply going to be there as a plug so that he can continue to slash the pentagon budget. this was a five-car pile-up, larry. this was a fiasco, a debacle, whatever you want to call it. what happened in the hearing today is this shifted from an issue of ideology to an issue of competence. would we be willing to trust this man if he went in to go talk to the russians, if he went in to the middle east. i don't think anyone in good conscience looking at him can say he's prepared, he's sober, he has a grasp of these issues. it was an embarrassing performance. the worst in my lifetime, larry, and i'm not alone. a lot of mainstream reporters saying this was really bad. >> aw shucks, jennifer, i can think of many in your lifetime. >> oh, not as bad as this. >> i want to ask you o
: for the first time, pentagon leaders said today they had supported arming the rebels in syria. defense secretary leon panetta and general martin dempsey chair of the joint chiefs said they made that recommendation to president obama. panetta told a senate hearing that, in the end, the president decided against sending in arms. instead, the u.s. has provided only humanitarian aid to the rebels. secretary panetta also defended the military's response to the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the assault killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. panetta testified there'd been no specific warning of an imminent attack, so u.s. forces were too far away to respond. >> the united states military, as i've said, is not and frankly should not be a 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world. the u.s. military has neither the resources nor the responsibility to have a firehouse next to every u.s. facility in the world. >> sreenivasan: republican senator john mccain of arizona argued the military could have deploye
at the pentagon on tuesday, after which he will come back here to minot, north dakota, and continue with his new job. meanwhile, the war in afghanistan continues. more than 60,000 american service members are right now in that country fighting that war. i'm jake tapper for cnn in minot, north dakota. >>> good evening. it's hard to imagine a bigger night because it's hard to foresee a bigger winter storm than the one forecasters say could dump more than two feet of snow in parts of the country. tens of millions could be affected. thousands of flights are already canceled. we'll tell you what you need to know to stay safe and where the storm is going to hit. >>> we begin with breaking news. authorities say he's got the means to inflict mass casualties and a mission calling for precisely that. take a look. this is the man that police all across southern california are trying to find. he may now be one step closer to locating. christopher jordan dorner is his name. ex-navy reservist, ex-lapd officer with a grudge against the force. if you see him, do not approach him. get some place safe and contact
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